The Question (Emery album)

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The Question
Studio album by Emery
Released August 2, 2005
Genre Post-hardcore
Length 43:31
Label Tooth & Nail
Producer Brandon Ebel, Aaron Sprinkle
Emery chronology
The Question Pre-Sale Exclusive
(2005)
The Question
(2005)
I'm Only a Man
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Jesus Freak Hideout 4.5/5 stars[2]

The Question is the second album released by Emery. The question the title speaks of is presumably what is printed on the back of the CD jewel case, "Where were you when I was..." The track titles complete this question (i.e. "Where were you when I was in a lose, lose situation?" or "Where were you when I was so cold I could see my breath?").

On November 21, 2006, Emery re-released The Question, including five acoustic versions of previously recorded songs and two new demo tracks and a DVD. The DVD includes "Emery - A Film", "Live Songs", and "Bonus Footage".

Track listing[edit]

Where were you when I was...
No. Title Length
1. "So Cold I Could See My Breath"   3:31
2. "Playing with Fire"   3:51
3. "Returning the Smile You Have Had from the Start"   3:04
4. "Studying Politics"   3:31
5. "Left with Alibis and Lying Eyes"   3:22
6. "Listening to Freddie Mercury"   2:42
7. "The Weakest"   4:04
8. "Miss Behavin'"   3:17
9. "In Between 4th and 2nd Street"   0:32
10. "The Terrible Secret"   3:28
11. "In a Lose, Lose Situation"   3:56
12. "In a Win, Win Situation"   5:42
Total length:
43:31

Deluxe edition[edit]

The Question Deluxe Edition
Studio album by Emery
Released November 21, 2006
Recorded Compound Recording, Seattle
Genre Post-hardcore
Length 65:73
Label Tooth & Nail
Producer Aaron Sprinkle and Matt Carter
Emery chronology
The Question
(2005)
The Question Deluxe Edition
(2006)

The Question Deluxe Edition was released in 2006, along with a DVD, five acoustic versions of previously recorded songs, and two new demo tracks. The question the title speaks of is the first thing you will read when you open the booklet inside the case. The question is, "Where were you when I was..." and the track titles complete this question (This does not include the acoustic or demo tracks). The DVD includes "Emery - A Film.", "Live Songs", and "Bonus Footage".

Also, if you put the DVD in a computer and select either the bonus footage section or the live song section and find two extra videos, and four or five other songs. Just scroll the mouse over both pages and try to find the black emery logo icon that pops up. DVD Features:

  • Emery - A Film
  • Live Songs -
  • 1. Intro
  • 2. Returning the Smile You Have Had from the Start
  • 3. So Cold I Could See My Breath
  • 4. The Ponytail Parades
  • 5. Studying Politics
  • 6. Walls
  • 7. Walls - Early Rendition
  • Bonus Footage - Blowouts - A School Bus - Picking A Name

Track listing[edit]

Where were you when I was...

  1. "So Cold I Could See My Breath" – 3:31
  2. "Playing with Fire" – 3:51
  3. "Returning the Smile You Have Had from the Start" – 3:04
  4. "Studying Politics" – 3:31
  5. "Left with Alibis and Lying Eyes" – 3:22
  6. "Listening to Freddie Mercury" – 2:42
  7. "The Weakest" – 4:04
  8. "Miss Behavin'" – 3:17
  9. "In Between 4th and 2nd Street" – 0:32
  10. "The Terrible Secret" – 3:28
  11. "In a Lose, Lose Situation" – 3:56
  12. "In a Win, Win Situation" – 5:42

Bonus Tracks

  1. "Playing With Fire (Acoustic)" - 4:18
  2. "The Ponytail Parades (Acoustic)" - 4:21
  3. "Walls (Acoustic)" - 3:55
  4. "Fractions (Acoustic)" - 4:46
  5. "Studying Politics (Acoustic)" - 3:37
  6. "Death To Inconvenience (Demo version)" - 3:50
  7. "Thoughtlife (Demo version)" - 4:00

Personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • There is a short, hidden track at the end of "In a Win, Win Situation".
  • On the bonus DVD (from the re-release), there are a few hidden features. In the "Bonus Feature" section, hover the mouse or fiddle with the arrow keys (There's a certain way to do it) until a black Emery logo appears. Clicking on any of those (there are three) will either play the songs "Shift" or "The Secret" or a hidden video. There are also three hidden Emery logos in the "Live Songs" section. They will play the PureVolume version of "To Whom It May Concern", a song called "Xmas Mix" (aka "(Ho Ho Hey) A Way for Santa's Sleigh"), or another hidden video.
  • Track 18, 'Death to Inconvenience' is an early version of 'You Think You're Nickel Slick (But I Got Your Penny Change)' from their third album I'm Only a Man.
  • Track 19, 'Thoughtlife' is an early version of a song of the same name on their EP While Broken Hearts Prevail

Awards[edit]

In 2006, the album was nominated for a Dove Award for Recorded Music Packaging of the Year at the 37th GMA Dove Awards.[3]

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